July 12 Devotional
Opening Prayer: O God, in all ages you have imparted yourself to man and set alight the fire of faith in his heart, grant to me the faith which comes from search. Cleanse my life from all that negates and crushes faith, and fill it with the purity and honesty that foster it. Cleanse me from the evil which makes unbelief its friend, and drive it far from me, so that, being willing in all things to do your will, I may know the truth which shall set me free. Through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. (Daily Prayer Companion by Samuel M. Shoemaker)
Scripture: Ezekiel 11:17-21
Journal: What is the state of your heart these days? What words or images best describe it? What is God’s desire for your heart?
Refection: There is a desire within each of us, in the deep center of ourselves that we call our heart. We were born with it, it is never completely satisfied, and it never dies. We are often unaware of it, but it is always awake. It is the human desire for love. Every person on this earth yearns to love, to be loved, to know Love. Our true identity, our reason for being, is to be found in this desire. (The Awakened Heart by Gerald May)
Prayer: for the church, for others, for myself
Bobby and Teresa LaDage are working with Redeemer City to City (the church planting arm of Redeemer Church in NYC) envisioning, equipping, and mentoring church planters and their wives in order to see gospel-centered churches reach the major cities of Eastern and Central Europe. Pray today for the church planters in Krakow that the city would become a center for reaching the 8 million people who live in a 62 mile radius around it.
The focus of Navigators International at UT Knoxville is the over 1,000 international students at the University of Tennessee who come from 100+ nations. Spouses and family networks back home multiply the potential for the gospel to spread. Navigator’s mission is to advance the gospel of Jesus and His Kingdom to the nations through spiritual generations of laborers living and discipling among the lost. Pray today for the students that they are reaching as they prepare for the Fall semester.
Closing Prayer: O Lord, have mercy on us. Change our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. Come into the deepest parts of our being and capture us with your unfailing love that our hearts might fully belong to you and you alone. In the name of Jesus. Amen.